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January 2017
Sawmilling South Africa News
Welcome to the Sawmilling version of 2017 and lets hope that the good fortunes of 2016 continue into the new year. We here at SSA certainly hope that you all had a good festive season and that you are well rested and ready for the challenges that undoubtedly lie ahead.

As far as action here at the association is concerned, it's a little early to report on much but we can assure you that we will be continuing this year with skills development as No 1, that is the five critical skills we started on last year, Saw doctoring, Kiln drying, log yard, Wetmill and Drymill.
These will be completed this year and we hope to start on additional necessary skills. We will rely on you, our members, to tell us exactly what is necessary in the industry so that our skills development team can get on with it.

Another task for the new year is to complete SSA registration with the DTI as an industry association so that we can enjoy the support offered by the department for promotion of the sawmilling sector and its products. This initiative promises to hold great potential for all SA sawmillers and more about this in the months to come.
It is obviously a little early to report on market conditions in 2017 but we see no reason to not believe that the market will be as good as it was in 2016 provided that you all continue to cut straight and dry flat. So until next month when I am sure there will be much news, keep it clean and organized like the Canadians below.

Roy Southey
Executive Director: Sawmilling South Africa
National News
First Cut's pallet blade: ‘nailing’ the cut with speed and productivity for agricultural
Pallets are widely used in agricultural environments, and it is inevitable that a fair number of these end up being damaged inadvertently. As pallets are typically not high-value items, repairs need to be done as quickly as possible by sawing off any damaged wood strips and replacing them. read more
Waste Washing
There have been suggestions within the industry that hazardous waste can be washed to reduce the concentrations of CCA it contains, thereby reducing the disposal costs. Dolphin Bay applauds all initiatives in which treatment companies seek to reduce the footprint of their waste. The less hazardous waste that ends up in landfills, the better for our environment and our industry. read more
Roof lends pastoral appeal to modern Pretoria home
House Chaplin, an exquisite family home in the picturesque Cornwall Hill Estate in Irene, Pretoria East, called for a specially designed farm style roof with zero margin for error. LCP Roofing, leaders in roof truss technology, responded with precision and attention to detail for a roof that brings country life to the heart of suburbia.
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The need for data packs
If you are wanting to buy a new plant or upgrade your existing plant, make sure that the engineering firm you choose is properly accredited & can provide a “data pack” verifying the plant’s compliance. This has become necessary because the authorities recently started enforcing the specifications governing treatment plants, which were published several years ago.
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International News
Brazilian conservationists develop new tool to cut illegal wood from supply chains
Rio De Janeiro (ANTARA News) - Companies that want to buy Brazilian timber without contributing to illegal deforestation have a new tool to help them ensure stolen wood does not appear in their supply chains - a digital platform tracing the origins of wood, environmentalists said.
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Replacing methyl bromide to treat export logs?
There is a growing desire (and an international treaty commitment) to end the release to atmosphere of Methyl Bromide, which is currently used as a fumigant for phytosanitary biosecurity treatment of logs and other exports. Joule heating (or using the log as a giant resistor) shows great promise as an alternative and some early work was funded by MPI in New Zealand.
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U.S. fires first shot in lumber dispute
The U.S. Lumber Coalition has filed a petition asking the U.S. Department of Commerce to investigate Canadian softwood lumber shipments with an eye to potentially levying new duties, kicking off a fresh round of litigation between two countries with a long history of trade disputes over wood.
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150,000 tonnes of timber heads overseas
Forestry Corporation met with representatives from Ryonier Matariki Forests Limited NZ & Shanghai branches, representatives from MSC Shipping & representative from some of its Chinese customers, including the first customer in China & largest customer in China to mark the dispatch of its 5000th container for export.
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Woodworks updated carbon calculator
Woodworks has launched an updated version of its free carbon calculator, providing more options for buildings made from cross-laminated timber (CLT) and other mass timber products. Using wood products that store carbon instead of building materials that require fossil fuel energy to manufacture can help reduce greenhouse gases.
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Technology to suit up sawmill workers
A large sawmill company in Australia has been looking at ways to improve the OH&S in its manual packing lines. Automatic systems (like robots) are either too expensive and/or unable to handle the vast complexity of timber shapes (oh to have dead straight timber), or simply do not have the productivity of a human. read more
China’s Dependence on Wood and Wood Products Imports Increasing Rapidly
In spite of the fact that China is one of the biggest wood product producers in the world, the annual output of China’s wood industry is always far from meeting its market demand. Statistics have shown that China’s dependence on the imports of wood and wood products is increasing rapidly year by year, and this trend is unlikely to change or slow down.
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